Video only one tool to tackle racism;Letter

11th June 1999 at 01:00
WE WERE dismayed by your headline "Hard-hitting racism film still under wraps" which appeared on your front page of June 4. It implies that Greenwich Council is doing little to combat racism among young people. This is an inaccurate picture.

The video Routes to Racism is definitely not under wraps; it is being shown widely to school staff and governors as well as youth workers. It is part of Greenwich's strategic plan for every institution to review, renew and refocus their policy and practice on achieving race equality. This initiative was launched in October 1998 at a major conference, and anticipated one of the main recommendations of the Macpherson Report on the need to tackle institutional racism.

The video is one of many tools being used to combat racism; others include curriculum initiatives and schools responding to and recording racist incidents.

Your reporter should come to Greenwich to see one aspect of our work "Time and Tidelines" involving a theatre in education group working with key stage 2 children in a local primary. This new work enables children to interact with characters in the play and equips them to challenge racist behaviour.

George Gyte, Director of education, Greenwich Council

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